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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Nov 9, 2006 7:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Back to Music - Back to Bass-ics

nicely put - wish he would go out on the limb and do some improv - i have a feeling he could be jawdropping - guess just not his style or interest though. too bad for me/us. like you said "extraordinary prowess" - i have always been amazed at just how proficient and solid he has been since i first saw him/them in concernt in '79. Been going ever since, just to watch and listen to his playing (his voice aint bad either).

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Poster: patkelley Date: Nov 9, 2006 9:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Back to Music - Back to Bass-ics

mingus

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Nov 10, 2006 1:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Back to Music - Back to Bass-ics

Charles Mingus...instrumentalist, composer, band leader, JAZZ MONSTER...good choice Pat!

my fav acoustic jazz bassist is Scott LaFaro

perhaps the earliest pioneer of the melodic free form bass approach, often playing a counter-melody to Bill Evans' piano lines, a true 2 way musical dialogue...best example is The Bill Evans Trio, Live At The Village Vanguard (1961), performed (and luckily recorded) 10 days before LaFaro's untimely death...LaFaro played his instrument for only 6 years :(

Bill Evans never emotionally recovered from LaFaro's death (although i'm sure bassist extrodinaire Eddie Gomez was good meds for his soul!)

This post was modified by midnight sun on 2006-11-10 09:04:35

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Poster: Cometa1958 Date: Nov 11, 2006 4:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Back to Music - Back to Bass-ics

Great Great Scott La Faro!! Charlie Haden? Listen the bass duet from Stanley Clark and Cecil McBee in Pharoah Sanders album "Black Unity".
In another musical expression are very interesting the Peter Principle's (Tuxedomoon) bass lines in Half-mute and Desire.

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Nov 11, 2006 5:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Back to Music - Back to Bass-ics

suspect La Faro wasn't around long enough to fully develop or make his mark...love his composition "Gloria's Step" with it's use of Lydian and Locrian Modes and unusual 10 bar phrasing, as well as his ever so moody "Jade Visions"

thanx for the other suggestions, will check them out

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